Sony has finally warned users of its PlayStation Network that their personal information- including date of birth, passwords and credit card details have been stolen.Sony said that the data might have fallen into the hands of an “unauthorised person” following a hacking attack on its online service.
Access to the network was suspended last Wednesday, but Sony has only now revealed details of what happened yesterday.
In a statement posted on the official PlayStation blog, Nick Caplin, the company’s head of communications for Europe, said: “We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network”.
The posting lists the personal information that Sony believes has been taken:
* Address (city, state/province, zip or postal code)
* Email address
* Date of birth
* PlayStation Network/Qriocity passwords and login
* Handle/PSN online ID
Mr Caplin added: “It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained.
“For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information.”
Sony admitted that credit card information, used to purchase games, films and music, may also have been stolen.
“If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, to be on the safe side we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may also have been obtained.”
Sony has not given any indication of how many PlayStation Network users may have had their information taken, but the service has around 70 million members worldwide.
As many people use the same password across a number of different accounts the data theft may effect millions of peoples’ other online accounts.